SMWS 33.133 Ardbeg (Whipped with happiness)

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This here expression/bottling was released in February of this year along with the 33.143. Just a couple months before that in November of 2015, SMWS released the 33.132. So I like to think of these as the SMWS Ardbeg trio since they were released about the same time and they are all 8 years old from a second fill ex-sherry cask. Triplets if you will. One thing to note about the 33.143 is that it was actually a typo and the the code was supposed to be 33.134 which makes sense considering the ordering. I find it amusing because I have noticed a lot of issues with the descriptions not matching the whiskies on the website. So clearly SMWS was having some trouble with their systems. Wouldn’t mind consulting for a whisky fee!

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Bowmore Hand Filled Batch #13 Review

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Wooooohooooo! We finally got to try one of the Bowmore hand filled bottlings! Thanks to the University of Edinburgh Water of Life Society and committee member Matthew! This bottle was served at the Peaty Tasting on May 12, 2016. So yeah this was a while ago which goes to show how far behind I am with my posts.

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anCnoc 2001

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Ah the ever confusing anCnoc! It’s weird to write, strange to pronounce, and not the name of the distillery. With all these marketting head scratchers, it seems to be doing well and for good reason. They make good whisky. Knockdhu is the name of the distillery but they changed the name of their whisky to anCnoc to avoid confusion with Knockando distillery. By the way it’s pronounced “a-nock” and apparently it is Gaelic for “the hill”. AnCnoc/Knockdhu is owned by Inver House Distillers who also own Old Pulteney and Balblair. Since Balblair almost exclusively release their whiskies with vintage statements, this relationship may explain anCnoc’s series of vintage whiskies.

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St. Magdalene 1982 24 Years Old Murray McDavid Port Finish

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Well this is a treat! We first tried this whisky on a Water of Life Society (WOLS) trip in 2014 thanks to a very generous member. Whiskyphiles did a post on it back then, and we recently tried it again while having dinner with the current WOLS president. It does pay to a part of WOLS!

St. Magdalene Distillery was founded in 1798 and closed in 1983 along with many other distilleries. It was located in Linlithgow which is a town about 20 miles west of Edinburgh. Due to its location, it is also known as Linlithgow Distillery. The distillery site has been converted into flats which seems to be a common thing to do with old distillery buildings. Linlithgow is most well known for Linlithgow palace which sits on the banks of the small Linlithgow loch. We’ve never been inside the palace, but it looks majestic from the outside and you can fly fish for trout in the loch if you purchase a fishing ticket from the Forth Area Federation of Anglers. It’s good fishing!

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Glenmorangie Nectar D’Or (12 Years Old)

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We tried this particular expression at the University of Edinburgh Water of Life Society Glenmorangie & Dessert Wine Tasting along with the Original, Lasanta, and Quinta Ruban. These four expressions represent the core range from Glenmorangie and provide an excellent experiment in cask influence. Nectar D’Or basically means golden nectar. While the name is not exactly French, it does have a certain French-ness to it which is to emphasize the fact that this whisky has been finished in ex-sauternes wine casks. Sauternes wine is a white sweet wine hailing from the Sauternais region of Bordeaux. It has a fascinating production which relies on the growth of a fungus called Botrytis cinerea to concentrate the sugars in the grapes. Due to the dependence on the growth of this fungus, Sauternes wine is difficult to make and yields varies greatly depending on the conditions each season. Thus due to the laws of supply and demand, this is not a cheap wine and ex-sauternes wine casks are not in abundance, so it’s always exciting to see whisky matured in Sauternes wine casks.

Unlike the Lasanta and Quinta Ruban, the Glenmorangie does not state the length of finishing for the Nectar D’Or.

Distillery: Glenmorangie

Age: 12 Years Old

Cask: Ex-bourbon casks and then finished in ex-sauternes wine casks

ABV: 46%

Price: £54.13 at the Master of Malt

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Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban (12 Year Old)

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We tried this particular expression at the University of Edinburgh Water of Life Society Glenmorangie & Dessert Wine Tasting. The Quinta Ruban is one of the general release official bottlings from Glenmorangie. According to their website, this whisky spent “10 years maturing in American white oak casks, before being transferred into specially selected ruby port pipes from the Quintas or wine estates of Portugal”. They also state that no chill filtration was performed on the whisky. So ten years in ex-bourbon and two years in ex-port which is a similar maturation breakdown to the Lasanta (except that the Lasanta was in ex-sherry). In fact, you can think of the Quinta Ruban and Lasanta as the Original but with an extra 2 years maturation in a different cask. I mean to a certain extant. So it’s actually quite a neat experiment and really highlights the effect that finishing has on a whisky. As we did at the WOLS tasting, it would be a good exercise to go through the Glenmorangie core range to understand the kind of flavours you get from each cask type. I mean if you are that geeky about whisky..

 

Distillery: Glenmorangie

Age: 12 Years Old

Cask: (From their website) 10 years maturing in American white oak casks, before being transferred into specially selected ruby port pipes from the Quintas or wine estates of Portugal.

ABV: 46%

Price: £47.48 from the Master of Malt

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Glenmorangie Lasanta (12 Years Old)

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Continuing on our “tasting tour” of Glenmorangie from the University of Edinburgh Water of Life Society Glenmorangie & Dessert Wine Tasting, we have the Lasanta. The Lasanta is the ex-sherry cask finished official expression from Glenmorangie. According to their website, this expression spent “ten years maturing in American white oak ex-bourbon casks before being extra-matured for a further two years in Oloroso and PX Sherry casks from Jerez in Spain”. They also state that this particular expression is not chill filtered which makes me thing the Original is. For a little more info about Glenmorangie you can see our post on the Original. If you happen to have a bottle of this and see that the ABV is in fact 46% instead of 43%, then you have the older version which was changed to 43% in 2014. Apparently Lasanta means “warmth and passion” in Gaelic in case you were wondering about the name.

The Lasanta makes up one of four whiskies in Glenmorangie’s core range. The others include the Original, the Quinta Ruban, and the Nectar D’or. All of these represent a specific type of cask influence (ex-bourbon, ex-port, and ex-sauternes respectively) which makes this core range quite unique in its cask variety. The emphasis on wood influence is likely due to the very light spirit that is the result of their extremely tall stills!

Distillery: Glenmorangie

Age: 12 Years Old

Cask: (From their website) Ten years maturing in American white oak ex-bourbon casks before being extra-matured for a further two years in Oloroso and PX Sherry casks from Jerez in Spain.

ABV: 43%

Price: £46.63 from the Master of Malt

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